Spartans Comeback Falls Short Against No. 5 Gettysburg

Photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

YORK, Pa. – The York College men's lacrosse team scored the final five goals of the game, but fell to No. 5 Gettysburg College 8-6 in a battle of two top-five teams in non-conference action under the lights for the first time at Kinsley Field. Six different players scored, but the fourth-ranked Spartans were shutout in the first half, falling behind 7-0, digging too deep a hole to recover.


#4 York: 4-1

#5 Gettysburg: 5-0

Game Statistics

Shots: York 31, Gettysburg 22

Shots on Goal: York 18, Gettysburg 12

Saves: York 9, Gettysburg 9

Face Offs Won: York 4, Gettysburg 12

Ground Balls: York 29, Gettysburg 24

Turnovers: York 14, Gettysburg 16

Caused Turnovers: York 9, Gettysburg 3

Man Up: York 0-for-7, Gettysburg 1-for-6

Penalties: York 6-for-5:00, Gettysburg 7-for-5:30

How it Happened:
• Gettysburg opened the titanic top-five matchup with a goal in just eight seconds, directly off the face off. Tim Brady, in net for the Bullets, made a pair of big time saves early on in the contest, including one from Thomas Pfeiffer, York's leading point-getter. Gettysburg doubled its advantage when Jack Fletcher pump faked, moved around a Spartan defender and then scored, making it 2-0 with 12:17 to play in the opening quarter. With 6:16 remaining, though, Pfeiffer made one man miss, attracted another defender and got whacked, drawing a penalty. York couldn't capitalize, however, going scoreless on the second extra-man opportunity of the quarter. Later, the Spartans turned the ball over and the Bullets quickly launched a pass down the field to Fletcher, who buried his second goal of the game, and Gettysburg would eventually increase its lead to 4-0 at the end of the first quarter. Kevin Whitchey almost drew blood for the Spartans, racing through from the defensive end and bouncing a shot on net, but it wouldn't go.

• Gettysburg scored in the first minute of the second quarter, beginning the period much like it opened the game. The Bullets controlled the majority of possession throughout the first half of the second period, and extended their lead to 6-0. Goalie Landry Marshall made a big save, but York struggled with penalties, turnovers and some mental mistakes. Gettysburg scored again, and entered the halftime break with a 7-0 lead. Entering the night, the Spartans scored at least a goal in every quarter, but were held scoreless through the entire first half.

• Almost three minutes into the second half, Jake Hvazda's goal put York on the board. Hvazda was behind the net when he received the ball, but battled his way to a shooting position while staying out of the crease. His goal closed the deficit to 7-1, but the Bullets answered less than two minutes later, with 10:48 left in the third. Just 1:09 later, Pfeiffer earned his first point of the night, clawing back to within six again. York's defense made a major stop, shutting out Gettysburg while down two men due to penalties, and allowed just a single shot. The offense built on that stop, as Ryan Cook fed Hunter Davis at the point, and Davis rifled a shot into the top of the net, closing to 8-3 with 3:59 remaining in the third. York definitely ramped up the intensity towards the latter portion of the third quarter, and Matt Whitcher almost added another Spartan goal, but again Brady was up to the task.

• York created more chances to begin the fourth quarter, even drawing an extra-man opportunity after a Gettysburg slash. Brady was the key for the Bullets, though, making save after save, and limiting the chances of a come back. Another Gettysburg penalty gave the Spartans yet another extra-man opportunity. York was unable to score, but just as the penalty ended, Hvazda fed Dylan Wolf and he rocketed one just under the cross bar, closing the score to 8-4. Whitcher did a brilliant job of causing a turnover, forcing a Bullet out of bounds, to earn the ball back. On the offensive end, Brendan McGrath took a pass from behind the net from Davis and pulled York within 8-5 with 3:04 left. Nick Roman picked up the ground ball on the ensuing faceoff and Dillon Hannah scored, continuing the five-goal run, closing to 8-6 with just over 2:30 left. With under a minute left, Whitcher forced another turnover, J.D. Beck scooped up the ground ball to give the Spartans one final hope. Hannah worked his way inside shooting range, but got handcuffed a bit as he unleashed his shot. The Bullets ran the rest of the clock out, holding on to win 8-6.

Spartan Leaders:
Hunter Davis: 1 goal, 1 assist, 6 shots, 4 shots on goal, 1 ground ball

Jake Hvazda: 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots, 3 shots on goal

Ryan Cook: 1 assist, 4 ground balls

Matt Whitcher: 4 shots, 1 shot on goal, 4 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers

Bullet Leaders

Brian Kolen: 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 shots, 2 shots on goal

Tommy Heller: 3 assists, 1 shot, 2 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Mitch Wykoff: 1 shot, 6 ground balls

Goalie Comparision:
Landry Marshall (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 4 saves, 8 goals against (L, 4-1)

Tim Brady (GC): 60:00 minutes played, 12 saves, 6 goals against (W, 5-0)

Game Notes:
York falls to 2-3 all-time against the Bullets … the Spartans defeated Gettysburg 16-8 last season … six different players scored for the Spartans … Thomas Pfeiffer and Brendan McGrath combined for just two points, having combined to average 10.25 points per game entering the game … York scored in every quarter of the season, but were held scoreless in both the first and second quarters against Gettysburg … the win was Gettysburg's third against a ranked team.

Up next:
York stays home to host Susquehanna on Saturday at Kinsley Field. The Spartans are 1-1 all-time against Susquehanna, having beat the Crusaders in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2014.